Affordable Housing and Tax Credit Developments NationallyThe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Announces Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP) Funding Guidelines

July 1, 2011by George Danneman

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it will provide $27 million in grants to produce 1,500 new affordable homes through the Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP).  The Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP) program provides federal grants to national and regional nonprofit organizations that have experience with self-help housing programs.

As stated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) the following organizations will receive the Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP) funds:




Community Frameworks Bremerton, Washington


Habitat for Humanity International Americus, Georgia


Housing Assistance Council Washington, DC


Tierra del Sol Corporation Anthony, New Mexico




The funding must be used to improve the quality of the land or the infrastructure, but the cost cannot exceed an average of $15,000 per home.  The buyers must also contribute a minimum of 100 hours of “sweat equity” on the construction of their homes or other local self-help housing programs.  Self-help housing or sweat equity involves the homebuyer’s participation in assisting in the painting, carpentry, trim work, drywall, roofing and siding for the housing.  The self-help program lowers the cost to build the homes, making the housing more affordable.

More information about Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP) funding can be found here:

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